The U.S. is on pace to receive more than 1 million citizenship applications this fiscal year. Amid the political bluster over immigration, many of the 9 million people eligible to become citizens are opting to protect themselves against removal by applying for naturalization.
Richard Ross testified in federal court in connection with Philadelphia’s lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold federal funding from cities that give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.
With bottlenecks at immigration courts, the administration wants to use “expedited removal” to deport undocumented migrants who have recently arrived. That strategy has been used for two decades near the border, but Trump wants to expand its use across the nation.
The change begins October 18, the same day the administration’s new travel ban on citizens of seven countries and restrictions on those from two others are set to take effect. Privacy advocates call it an unnecessary intrusion that will do little to protect national security.
Starting Oct. 18, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States. Citizens of Iraq and Venezuela also face heightened scrutiny.
Just four percent of U.S. counties work with nonprofit organizations that provide legal aid services to immigrants, making it difficult to navigate the “bureaucratic labyrinth” involved in applying for green cards and social assistance, according to a Stanford University study. Meanwhile, noncitizens seeking legal help fall victim to scam artists who take advantage of their unfamiliarity with the complex immigration system.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. The Crime Report covered a protest that began Tuesday in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says requests by federal immigration authorities to detain people held in jails across the U.S. increased by nearly a third from January to March this year. Detainers were filed with 2,200 law enforcement agencies, led by Houston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.